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Big B, pizzas and colas - Tibetan Buddhist masters love it all

April 14th, 2009 - by Anurag Sharma of PTI (Kathmandu)

If you believe spiritual gurus can only be associated with organic diets and religious sermons, think again!

Living a life of hermits hundreds of feet above sea level on the mountains of Kathmandu, these Buddhist masters swear by their love for mushroom pizza, branded colas and superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Unlike some Indian spiritual leaders, masters of Drukpa lineage, a Buddhist Sect from Tibet, are not against fast foods or cold drinks and they say anything done by force doesn't work in society.

"Why would I tell anyone not to have pizza or cold drinks? It depends on the individual's choice and anything by force doesn't work. Mushroom pizza is my favorite food and I also don't mind having a cold drink with my meal," says the XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa, who heads the Drukpa lineage.

Some spiritual gurus like Swami Ramdev and Aasharam Bapu had in the past blamed the use of cold-drinks or junk food for the poor heath conditions in India.

The XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa, who also owns a blogsite with which he interacts with his followers was in Kathmandu where the Tibetan Drukpa lineage is hosting its maiden Annual Drukpa Council (ADC).

Over 2000 practitioners and more than 50 Buddhist masters from 67 countries are participating in the event from April 8-16.